Brother Ali Music is Good For Your Soul

  • May 7, 2017
  • 3 min read
Brother Ali Music is Good For Your Soul


Last night Brother Ali came to Salt Lake City, Utah for his tour stop at the Complex on The Own Light Tour and performed songs of his new album All The Beauty in This Whole Life which dropped this past week. It’s been a little over ten years since Brother Ali dropped the Undisputed Truth and about five years since Brother Ali has dropped his last album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Brother Ali who is a devout Muslim had been focusing on his spiritual path before returning back to music and he has returned with a message that he is spreading in his new album which is exactly what the world needs.

Its very few emcees like Brother Ali who can make you laugh, cry and just vibe out with him. During the show Brother Ali performed many songs off his new album the most memorable being tracks such as his opening song “Own Light” with the catchy chorus “they been trying to shut us down our whole life” and the most moving song entitled “Pray for Me” was his story of where he talks about the difficulties of being albino which includes being legally blind and how kids said he had AIDS when he was growing up because he looked different. Brother Ali also bought his opening act SA-ROC, a talented female emcee hailing from Washington, DC for a song they collaborated on and called her “the dopest emcee of our generation” and he isn’t far off.

Brother Ali also performed the politically charged “Uncle Sam” track where he talks about a lot of the political issues which are more relevant now then when he recorded the song about ten years ago, it’s eerily propehetic when he raps “Shit the Government’s an addict/with a billion dollar a week kill brown people habit”. Brother Ali spoke about doing over 200 shows a year but still not being wealthy, he describes himself as a blue collar rapper. The crazy thing about going to a Brother Ali show is a reminder of how many people in the world regardless of color or creed can relate to his universal messages of love, being present with the people you love and acceptance.

Music like this is what the world needs in such turbulent times and is at the highest vibration. I felt that this show was actually good for my soul and can’t wait to listen to the new Brother Ali album which is available on and check out to see if Brother Ali is coming to your city, as he has upcoming dates this week in Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, Oakland, and Fresno. If you love hip hop this is a show that you have to check out.

Ryan Glover is a contributing writer for Follow him on Twitter @RyanDavisGlover, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your google network.


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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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